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Old 09-21-2011, 09:02 PM   #1
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I wanted to get some feedback here. The carpenters did some work on some columns and added Dryvit on the base. They were going to caulk the bottom of the columns to the Dryvit, but since I was there to pressure wash I asked that they dont do any caulking (not to mention I had already seen some windows they caulked ) The more I thought about it, the more I felt caulking the bottom of the column to the Dryvit base was a bad idea. I feel any possible moisture needs a place to come out. Any thoughts? Thanks
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:10 PM   #2
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For what its worth, I'd caulk it. It will look better and also prevent water thats sitting on the Dryvit from wicking up into the wood.
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I'd probably caulk it too.

I'm guessing those posts are holding up some kinda ceiling...so probably not too much moisture to worry about.
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Is that MDO?
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Is that MDO?
I believe its just HardiPlank with cedar trim on bottom. Im not sure about the corner moldings

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I wouldn't caulk it, they will expand and contract at different rates and it will crack out.
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Well, were tied 2 to 2 so far
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just caulk the miters an leave the bottom open........cleaner look without makin a mess all over the base esp with that .5'' gap you have there........
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that middle pic with the .5'' gap is killin me. id rip off that trim an cut into the dryfit an flash then caulk then scribe new stuff to fit tight .......done right !
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That's an interesting use of dryvit. Poor color choice, though. It makes the color of the columns look funny instead of going with the stone. I'd grab some solid stain and get those dryvit column tops actually complimenting the rest of the paint job.

Is that wood right above the dryvit? If it is, I'd make my decision based on whether or not it was oil primed or thoroughly coated on that bottom-facing side. If it's just a porous surface I'd think caulking it would prevent almost assured rot.

Have other people seen similar set-ups where the bottom edge rots? I've seen at least a few. I'm in an incredibly wet area; I wonder if it's a problem everywhere.
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Initially no. If the customer requested it I would say ok, but just so you know, if it were mine......

Done right like Ole said. In addition to. The miters would do better with a couple finishing nails to bring them together with a dab of glue applied prior to that. Then a little caulk on the miters. But customer likely isn't paying for all that I know.
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Just the corners.

In a few years when they call you back, probably assess if it's a problem area on the bottom.

P.s. I only replied because you're always good for a easy "Thanks".
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Thanks guys. The house is approx 5-10 yrs old. I washed it today. I havent painted anything yet. The Dryvit is going to paint too. It was put in to remedy the original bases that had dry rotted. My thoughts were to not caulk and have the carpenters come back, pull off the bottom trim on all 6 columns and start over.and tighten everything up where it meets the Dryvit. I actually photographed one of the better ones. Some are off even more and they had backing rod in and were about to caulk until I stopped them.
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P.s. I only replied because you're always good for a easy "Thanks".
Lol, yeah I get that all the time. I have "thanked" more times than I've posted.
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If you leave it , how good do you think the chances are you'll get called back, just to caulk it later?

..and either stand around waiting to paint over it, or make (yet) another trip.

30 minutes now vs 1/2 day later

I'd caulk 'em.
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"Steve, there's no way it would take me 30 minutes to caulk a few columns"

There, did it myself...
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I have no problem caulking them. I was only concerned that sealing the bottom could trap moisture and cause a problem down the road, but it looks like most you guys feel that wouldnt be an issue so I probably will caulk them. Meanwhile, keep posting and I will keep "Thanking"
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sweet!

Can I get a thanks just for thanking you for thanking me?
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sweet!

Can I get a thanks just for thanking you for thanking me?
Now it's getting a bit overboard...
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Now it's getting a bit overboard...
I dont know? I ended up with 4 "Thanks" so far Tomorrow I'm starting a new thread......"Rolling....right to left or left to right?
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